How Computers Make Books

How Computers Make Books: From graphics rendering, search algorithms, and functional programming to indexing and typesetting

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (March 19, 2024)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1633438678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633438675

eBook Description:

How Computers Make Books: From graphics rendering, search algorithms, and functional programming to indexing and typesetting: Learn about computer science by exploring the fascinating journey it took to make this book!

How Computers Make Books introduces what’s wonderful about computer science by showing how computers have transformed the art of publishing books. Author and publishing software developer John Whitington reveals the elegant computer science solutions invented to solve big publishing challenges.

In How Computers Make Books you’ll discover:

  • How human descriptions are translated into computer programs
  • How a computer can understand document formatting
  • How a program decides where to print ink on a page
  • Why computer science is so interesting to computer scientists, and why it might interest you
  • …and much more!

How do computers represent all the different languages and letters used by humans? How do we compress a book’s worth of complex information so it can be transferred in seconds? And what exactly is a computer program? This book answers all those questions by telling the story of how it was created!

Computers are part of every step in creating a book, from capturing the author’s words as a digital document to controlling how the ink gets onto the paper. How Computers Make Books introduces basic computer science concepts like file formatting, transfer, and storage, computer programming, and task automation by guiding you through the modern digital printing process.

This book takes you on a journey from the plain white page, weaving through typesetting, making gray images from black ink, electronic file formats, and more. It makes computer science come alive as you see how every word, illustration, and page has its own story. You’ll even learn to write your own simple programs and discover hands-on what’s so intoxicating about computer science.

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